If money were no object, how are you going to spend it? Would you buy the latest gadgets available? Or buy the most expensive watch and jewelries? Or would you follow the lead of celebrities like Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Ralph Lauren and collect the most exotic vehicles?
Here are some people you may want to be around with when they start opening their wallets. They are among the top 10 biggest spenders in the world.
10. Owen Wilson – $3,600 per week for tanning
Owen is a comedy actor popular for being laid-back and easy-going. Ironically, that easy-going myth was shattered when he attempted suicide after breaking up with his girlfriend, Kate Hudson. He loves to keep himself tanned, spending $1,200 for every tanning session that he does around three times each week.
9. Madonna – $10,000 a month for blessed water
Madonna has sold more than 300 million records around the world, making her one of the biggest-selling female artists of all time. She has constantly reinvented her music and image successfully and she has remained to be one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. Time Magazine considers her one of the 25 most powerful women of the 20th century. She has converted to the Kabbalah religion, a form of Judaism. Every month, she has $10,000 worth of blessed Kabbalah water delivered to her home, as it is the only water that she would drink.
8. 50 Cent – $20,000 a week for his mansion’s security
His real name is Curtis James Jackson III. He used to be a drug dealer back in the 80s when he was just 12 years old. He left the illicit trade to become a rapper in 2002. He soon achieved success with the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre. His 2003 album “Get Rich or Die Trying’” was certified to be eight times platinum. He now owns a record label called G-Unit Records. Maybe he still has enemies from his days in the drugs trade because he now lives in a Connecticut mansion formerly owned by Mike Tyson where he spends $20,000 a week for security services alone.
7. Rihanna – $23,000 a week for styling her hair
Rihanna hails from Barbados and she is one of the biggest artists in the world today. She first auditioned for Jay-Z before signing up for Def Jam Recordings. Her first two albums put her firmly in the pop music landscape before she really hit it big with the release of her third album that featured songs like “Umbrella,” “Take a Bow,” ”Don’t Stop the Music” and “Disturbia.” She loves playing around with her hair, a passion that costs her $23,000 a week.
6. Roman Abramovich – £40,000 for sushi takeaway
He is a Russian billionaire with plenty of toys from yachts to super cars. He also owns Chelsea Football Club of London, which he stocked with elite players to help bring titles to the club. Since taking over in 2003, he has spent more than a billion dollars for the team. Still, that money may be recovered because Chelsea gets to compete regularly in European competitions that bring in a lot of revenues. Abramovich’s big spending can better be reflected in the way he deals with his food craving. He fancied sushi while he was in Azerbaijan. Not finding any place that served decent Japanese, he ordered £1,200 worth of sushi from Ubon in Canary Wharf and had it flown by private jet to Azerbaijan. Total estimated cost was an astounding £40,000.
5. Beyonce Knowles – $100,000 for gold leggings
She is one half of one of the richest celebrity couples in the world. Beyonce first burst into the limelight as a member of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. She then launched into a wildly successful solo career that has seen more than 75 million records sold around the world, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She once gifted her husband, Jay-Z, a Bugatti Veyron worth $2 million. She also bought herself a pair of gold leggings made by Balenciaga worth $100,000 that she used for the 2007 BET Awards.
4. Jay Leno – Multi-million in vehicles
The late night talk show host owns an amazing array of cars, from electric cars and super cars to muscle vehicles and antique automobiles. The last time Jay Leno counted, he had more than 200 cars and motorcycles in his garage. These include Ferraris, Duesenbergs, Bugattis, McLarens, Chryslers, Lamborghinis, steamer vehicles, big bikes, etc. He earns millions from his late night gig and he spends most of it to constantly improve on his car collection.
3. Victoria Beckham – $1.6 million Milan shopping spree
Posh Spice Victoria Beckham married one of the brightest stars of English football. More than her singing, she has become known as a style icon. Her husband once played for AC Milan in Italy. She once went out shopping and spent $1.6 million in one afternoon. She bought 12 pairs of Versace shades, set of luggage from Louis Vuitton, five sofas and a Rolex for her husband, David Beckham.
2. Kim Basinger – $20 million town
She took us by storm with her steamy scenes from the 1986 movie “9½ weeks.” She then proved her acting mettle a decade letter by winning an Academy Award for her supporting role in “L.A. Confidential.” Basinger once bought a town in northeast Georgia called Braselton for $20 million. Along with other investors, she planned to turn it into a production studio and to develop a theme park. It didn’t work out and she eventually sold her share for just $1 million.
1. Larry Ellison – $600 million for a Hawaiian island
Larry Ellison is the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, one of the leading software enterprise companies in the world. With an estimated net worth of $41 billion, what’s half a billion to burn? He spent around that much for 98 percent of Lanai, the sixth biggest island in Hawaii. The remaining two percent are either government land or private homes. He beat out Bill Gates for this privilege.